Principal Structures Engineer

Your new role

Are you a Chartered or Incorporated Engineer looking for a new challenge?

Do you have expert knowledge and experience in managing a range of different assets?

The National Highways have the role for you!

We’re looking for Principal Structures Engineers to join our teams based in Bedford to provide technical expertise in managing our infrastructure and give specialist knowledge to Engineers involved in the identification and evaluation of asset specific needs and early solutions. 

This role will be worked on a hybrid basis, and there is a requirement to drive as part your role, you will need to have a full clean driving license to be considered for this position and during employment. The role may also require you to work unsociable hours.

What you’ll be leading on

  • Develop asset specific management plans and ensure asset management decisions adhere to policies, provide value for money, and maximise contribution to the delivery of business objectives.
  • Identify and commission survey works to support the improvement and/or renewal of assets; to check and approve technical briefs, reports, specifications, drawings and supporting information.
  • Provide specialist technical expertise and assurance in the development of early solutions for asset renewals and improvement schemes through the value management process and evaluation of options studies.
  • Continuously monitor and analyse asset data, to champion asset data quality, integrity and adherence to data standards and guidelines. 
  • Develop and recommend best practice methods for the identification and evaluation of asset condition and future needs to support the ongoing development of asset maintenance strategies. 

To be successful you’ll need 

A Chartered or Incorporated Engineer with extensive experience, or equivalent.
Expert knowledge of asset condition assessment and degradation modelling.
Understanding of value management processes, asset decision making and development asset management plans.
Experience in highways infrastructure design, highway construction and delivery methods.
Knowledge of relevant technical standards, asset policies and strategies.

A bit about us

Operations is at the heart of keeping the strategic road network moving and ensuring our customers get the best possible experience when using our roads. We address over 39,000 customer enquiries every month, plan and deliver all maintenance activities on the network, drive efficiencies and improvements across our systems and roads, and respond to incidents across 4,500 miles of motorways and major A-roads that we manage. All to make sure National Highways customers have safer, smoother, and more reliable journeys.

Want to know more?

To request a copy of the role profile, please contact quoting reference number #3940


Why you should join us

At National Highways we believe in a connected country. We are passionate about creating a culture where colleagues feel connected, included and enjoy greater wellbeing to achieve this.  We’re proud that as an organisation we are continually striving to do better and actively encourage and support our colleagues to do the same with their careers. 

So, if you put safety first, take ownership of your work, show passion for what you do, work effectively in a team, and demonstrate integrity in how you do it – then you’ll be a great fit for our organisation.

Our benefits package

  • Our total reward package includes basic salary, the potential for a performance related bonus
  • Contributory pension scheme with employer contribution of up to 10%
  • Annual Leave starting at 26 days (plus Bank Holidays) rising by 1 day each year up to 31 days (plus Bank Holidays)
  • Flexible hours and blended working between base location/home
  • Life assurance of 4 times annual salary
  • Health and wellbeing support, including an Employee Assistance Programme, available 24/7 365 days and network of mental health first aiders. Plus access to a wellbeing app to enhance your self-care 24/7, Occupational health service and flu vaccines
  • A cycle to work scheme for the purchase of a bicycle and equipment for healthy, low carbon travel
  • Significant investment in your career development, through learning and development, talent management, coaching, mentoring and on job experience

And we are

  • Family friendly with enhanced maternity leave and pay, paternity leave (15 days), shared parental leave, adoption leave. Plus access to financial support for holiday play schemes and paid special leave (up to 5 days pa), eg for caring responsibilities
  • Money friendly with access to a discounts platform including over 3000 discounts for supermarkets, eating out, leisure, holidays. Alongside a financial wellbeing programme
  • Community friendly – offering paid leave to volunteer, 3 days basic/year plus an extra 3 days to support the national Covid effort

If you are successful, it is key to know all offers of employment are subject to satisfactory completion of our pre-employment checks which include:       

  • Right to work check
  • 3 year employment history references
  • DBS criminal record check
  • Social media and adverse journalism check
  • Driving licence check (if applicable)
  • Fit to work questionnaire (for all), followed by a medical check (if applicable)

And finally 

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